In the 1st race at Santa Anita yesterday, Pushing Sixty snapped an ankle and is dead. At least one observer noted that she was “fractious” in the gate. Injured even before she started, perhaps? Pushing was four; ’twas her 9th time under the whip. For Santa Anita, this makes 12 kills on the year. For all California tracks, it’s 33. Reform is a ruse, safe racing a lie. Horseracing kills horses. Full stop.
Hez Dashing Ok “bled, vanned off” at Delta Lady Estelle Cartel “bled, vanned off” at Delta Babbo Babbo Babbo “vanned off” at Parx Zoomin for Kisses “vanned off” at Arizona Rocks Empire “vanned off” at Belterra Stormy Black “vanned off” at Delta Mr Copper Wind “vanned off” at Delta Gran Wildrocky “vanned off” at Charles Town Sheer Devil “vanned off” at Lone Star The Maiden Angel “vanned off” at Prairie Bodemeister Wind “vanned off” at Churchill Burly Boy “vanned off” at Gulfstream A Fast Prize “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston Favorite Blues Man “vanned off” at Ruidoso
While not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by our year-end FOIA reports. But even if death is not the ultimate result, the above are victims nonetheless, suffering painful injuries – in the case of the bleeders, pulmonary hemorrhage – so that some men may gamble, others chase pots of gold. (For any new confirmed deaths during the week, please see our running annual list.)
Takeaway paragraph: “But I don’t doubt that Battuello is on the winning side of the argument. As the near-disappearance of dog racing and certain circuses shows, the future of animal-based entertainment is dim. Undeniable cultural changes will eventually curb horse racing, too.”